Authorised form of nameTrembley; Abraham (1710 - 1784)
Dates1710 - 1784
Place of birthGeneva, Switzerland
Date of birth03 September 1710
Place of deathPetit Sacconex, near Geneva, Switzerland
Date of death12 May 1784
Research fieldZoology
Studied mathematics at the Geneva Academy
Moved from Geneva to Leiden; tutor to the sons of Count William Bentinck at Sorgvliet and in The Hague (c1736-1747); correspondent of Rene-Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur and of Martin Folkes; discovered and proved that polyps reproduce asexually by budding without involving gametes; friendship with the second Duke of Richmond (brother-in law to Count William Bentinck); participated in the peace negotiations leading to the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle; escorted the third Duke of Richmond on the Grand Tour of the Continent; endowed by the Duke of Richmond and the King of England enabling him to return to Geneva
French Academy of Science
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/05/1743
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1743
RelationshipsGenevan family of French Huguenot origin; cousin of Charles Bonnet FRS
Bulloch's Roll; DSB; Howard M Lenhoff and Sylvia G Lenhoff, 'Abraham Trembley and his Polyps' in Eighteenth Century Thought vol 1 (2003)
G L'E Turner, 'Henry Baker, FRS: Founder of the Bakerian Lecture' in NR 1974-5 vol 29 pp 53-79
Nellie B Eales, 'A Satire on the Royal Society, Dated 1743, Attributed to Henry Fielding' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 65-67
Royal Society codeNA4983
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/1/149Paper, 'On the freshwater polyp' by Abraham Trembley15 January 1742
L&P/3/219Letter, 'Of certain shocks and earthquakes' from Abraham Trembley to Thomas Birch1 February 1757
L&P/1/271/1Letter, 'On the fresh-water polype' from Abraham Trembley to John Fothergill31 March 1744
L&P/3/112Letter, 'Of the earthquake of 14 Nov' from Charles Bonnet to Abraham Trembley14 November 1755
L&P/3/125Letter, 'Of the earthquake in Holland on Feb 18' from J N S Allemand to Abraham Trembley1756
L&P/3/147Paper, 'An account by A. Trembley of the 'Essai sur l'histoire naturelle de la mer Adriatique' [Essay on the natural history of the Adriatic Sea]' by Vitaliano Donati1756
L&P/3/155Letter, 'Of the causes of earthquakes' from Vitaliano Donati to Abraham Trembley [English translation]20 March 1756
L&P/1/189Letter, 'Acknowledgment of his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society' from Abraham Trembley to the Royal Society7 June 1743
L&P/3/149Paper, 'On the stones in Nassau, Treves and Colen, resembling those of the Giants Causeway in Ireland' by Abraham Trembley18 March 1756
L&P/1/271Paper, 'On the fresh-water polype' by Abraham Trembley31 March 1744
L&P/1/449Letter, 'Of the light from mercury in glass tubes caused by electricity' from Abraham Trembley to Martin Folkes4 February 1746
L&P/1/321Letter, 'Observations on the fresh-water polype' from Abraham Trembley to the President of the Royal Society1744
L&P/2/42Letter, 'Of Essex steeples struck by lightning' from Abraham Trembley to Martin Folkes11 February 1750
L&P/3/227Letter, 'The thermometer reading at the Hague on 9 Jan 1757' from Abraham Trembley to Thomas Birch15 February 1757
EC/1743/03Trembley, Abraham: certificate of election to the Royal Society19 May 1743
L&P/3/65Letter, 'Extract from a letter to A. Trembley [English translation]' from Johann Nicholaus Sebastian Allemand to Abraham Trembley9 December 1755
L&P/3/199Paper, 'Of the earthquake at Colen Liege and Maestricht on 19 Nov 1756' by Abraham Trembley26 November 1756
L&P/3/153Letter, 'Of the causes of earthquakes' from Vitaliano Donati to Abraham Trembley20 March 1756
L&P/3/61Letter, 'Extract from a letter to A. Trembley' from Johann Nicholaus Sebastian Allemand to Abraham Trembley9 December 1755
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